Two shows could not be more complimentary in tone and emphasis than the Asian Art Museum's "Tomb Treasures: New Discoveries from China's Han Dynasty" and the Met's "Age of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties." I won't repeat what I said in WSJ reviews (here and here) but instead talk about a few … Continue reading More about the Qin and the Han
This time-worn cover of a relic chamber is another mesmerizing work on display At the Met in "Lost Kingdoms." It was found inside a stupa at Sri Ksetra, a 1,500-year old site we visited in 2012. It is in ruinous state, so much so the World Monuments Fund added it to its endangered list. But it has … Continue reading Peering inside Myanmar’s earliest stupas
Curators of non-Western art struggle over whether to exhibit contemporary art in so-called regional galleries -- Chinese, South Asian, African -- or to showcase them in galleries devoted to Contemporary art. After all, today's art scene is global and, indeed, has been for a long time, ever since imperial powers taught European art history and techniques … Continue reading One very good answer to a difficult question
Recently revisited "Interwoven Globe" at the Met and marveled once again at the fabulous designs. Are these insects, flowers and animals not great? For a more serious take…see my review in the WSJ.
"I hate theme shows. I hate shows that bunch a whole lot of works together that should be seen alone." This -- or words to this effect -- is what an artist friend said when I was telling him about a show of Chinese paintings at the Met I had reviewed. It hit home because, … Continue reading Scrolling through Chinese art